Qualifying for Weight Loss Surgery
Are you a candidate? View the grid below to see the general guidelines for qualification of weight-loss surgery at Sanford Health.
|Gastric Bypass||Lap Band||Sleeve Gastrectomy|
|Body mass index (BMI)||35 or higher*||35 or higher*||50 or higher|
|Age||18 or older||18 or older||18 or older|
|Supervised, documented attempt to lose weight through diet and exercise||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Good understanding of lifestyle changes needed after surgery.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*To qualify for insurance, patients with a BMI of 35-40 also must have one to two weight-related health problems, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.
Making a Commitment
Weight-loss surgery requires a commitment on your part. How ready are you? To get a better idea, answer the questions below.
- How overweight am I?
- What obesity-related medical complications do I experience? (Arthritis? Back problems? Diabetes? High blood pressure? Hiatal hernia? Gall bladder surgery? Fatigue?)
- Have I talked with my primary care doctor about obesity?
- At some time in the past year, have I participated in a medically supervised, documented weight-loss attempt?
- Do I have sufficient motivation toward weight loss to make the necessary changes in eating habits and exercise?
- Am I willing to make a formal commitment to the procedure and to myself?
At Sanford, we ask that you as a patient promise to:
- Make a commitment to change.
- Keep your appointments with the dietitian for the first two years.
- Keep us informed of your change of address and phone numbers for your lifetime – keep in touch!
- Attend support group meetings.
- Periodically perform blood tests to measure your serum iron and serum vitamin B-12 levels.
- Engage in vigorous aerobic exercise for 45 minutes three to four times a week – for life.
- Take recommend supplements every day – for life.
- Get psychological counseling if your doctor recommends it.
- Come and see us in the future if your weight maintenance becomes unsatisfactory.
- Notify us if you've been hospitalized for problems related to your surgery.